Sri Lanka vs South Africa 2nd Test – Preview

Final XI-
1.  Dimuth Karunaratne (Left-Hand Batsman)
2.  Kusal Mendis (Vice-Captain)(Right-Hand Batsman)
3.  Dhananjaya de Silva (Right-Hand Batsman)(Right-Arm Off-Spin)
4.  Angelo Mathews (Right-Hand Batsman)
5.  Roshen Silva (Right-Hand Batsman)
6.  Niroshan Dickwella (Wicket-Keeper)(Left-Hand Batsman)
7.  Dilruwan Perera (Right-Arm Off-Spin)
8.  Rangana Herath(Left-Arm Orthodox)
9.  Akila Dananjaya(Left-Hand Batsman)(Right-Arm Off/Leg-Spin)
10. Lakshan Sandakan (Slow left-arm chinaman)​Lahiru Kumara (Right-Arm Fast)
11. Suranga Lakmal (Captain) (Right-Arm Medium-Fast)

Due to the Effectiveness of counterpart Kagiso Rabada in the 1st Test might prompt in the inclusion of Lahiru Kumara into the Team.
Due to the Effectiveness of fellow teammate, Dilruwan Perera in the 1st Test might prompt in the inclusion of Akila Dananjaya also considering Dilruwan examination of the South African being unable to play off-spin.

Danushka Gunathilaka is not a Test-Batsman he does not have the mental strength or bating technique to play Test cricket but more limited over-cricket, therefore, it would be wise to give Kusal Mendis the opening position which he had blossomed in and give Roshen Sliva another chance to find form.

Kusal Perea is purely limited over batsman so I hope Sri Lanka do not play him in place of Roshen Sliva. 
12.Kasun Rajitha
13. Kusal Perea
14.Danushka Gunathilaka (Left-Hand Batsman)
15. Lakshan Sandakan 
16. Dinesh Chadimal (Captain)(Suspended) 

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  1. If at all, batting needs to
    If at all, batting needs to be strengthened, not reduced. As such, most likely will stay with the same batting line-up. Only anticipated change is to play Kumara ahead of Sandakan, if the wicket is expected to be more balanced than Galle.

  2. Sri Lanka having an extra
    Sri Lanka having an extra batsman in the XI with either Danushka Gunathilaka or Kusal Perea has proven ineffective as they do not know how to build an innings in Test Cricket.
    therefore it is a waste of a position.

    Also, Kusal Mendis and Dhananjaya de Silva have thrived at home conditions and just one game doesn`t make them terrible. It almost certain both players are on the verge of a big hundred.

    Also, Angelo Mathew also is in good form as he scored a solid 90 in the practice match against the whole squad of South African`s. He is also not far from scoring some impact 50s and 100s.

    I am not stupid likely you people to doubt the talent and form of our players.

    Only Roshen Sliva is not in fine form.

    Considering the bowling threat south Africa is most likely going to prepare for Dilruwan Perera and Herath, therefore, Sri Lanka has to surprise with the inclusion of Kumara and Akila Dananjaya.

    The Top 5 Batsman in my XI have the potential to score to score 100+. It will likely happen in the 2nd Test.
    Let`s see who is right when the Test Match starts.

  3. Unchanged side for me mainly
    Unchanged side for me mainly because we need to stop chopping and changing for no reason. If there are changes I would only consider like for like and not the balance of the team. If there are changes it should be around Danushka and Sandakan for a batter and bowler.

    Lets not fall in to the trap of thinking Lahiru is going to blow away Saffers on SSC pitch – that would mean the SSC curator would need to be fired as they would blow us totally away. The wicket has to be dry and spin friendly so it will only be a Akila for Sandakan which I thought should have been for Galle.

  4. @Mr.X: Are you a troll?
    @Mr.X: Are you a troll? Because every time you come up with a team, it is laughable! Only Dimuth managed to score runs, all the other batsmen failed, and you want to drop another batsmen?

    The current combination in the 1st Test is ideal for Home (Spin Friendly) conditions and does not need much changing, maybe drop an out of form batsmen and swap them with Kusal Perera.

    As the SSC is suspected to be a spin friendly… perhaps go with an aggressive batsmen (eg: Kusal Perera), who is better off scoring quick runs rather than someone like (Roshen) who is not in form.

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